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BP Networking Event w/ Coach Close
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM PDT
Category: All BP Events

Bruin Professionals is excited to welcome The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close. She will discuss how the 2019-2020 season has changed given COVID-19 and how to keep players involved and motivated. She’ll also discuss her relationship with UCLA’s beloved John Wooden and how his philosophies have influenced and shaped her coaching career. We hope you can join us. 

We'll also be doing a speed networking activity after Coach Close's talk, so please be prepared to connect with others. Using video is encouraged. We hope you can join us!

About the Speaker

Cori Close was named the Michael Price Family UCLA Women’s Head Basketball Coach on April 21, 2011, and is currently 172-99 (.635) overall. The 2019-20 campaign will mark Close’s ninth season at the helm of the Bruins. She most recently led UCLA to its fourth-straight Sweet 16 appearance, making the Bruins one of just eight NCAA Division I programs to do so.

The 2018-19 season saw UCLA win 13 of its last 17 games and finish fourth in a highly competitive Pac-12 Conference, and Close was ultimately named the Media Pac-12 Coach of the Year. UCLA, which ranked second in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (17.3) in 2018-19, ultimately finished 22-13 on the year, reaching the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and collecting NCAA Tournament wins over Tennessee and Maryland, before falling to perennial power UCONN by a final score of 69-61. In the final ESPN/USA Today rankings, UCLA rose 10 spots to No. 14, the highest leap by any program in the polls. Close produced her fourth WNBA draft pick as a head coach, as Kennedy Burke was picked in the second round by the Dallas Wings as the 22nd overall pick.

Before heading up the UCLA Women’s basketball program, Close spent seven seasons as associate head coach at Florida State University and 9 seasons as the associate head coach at UCSB, her alma mater. Close was the first player in school history to record more than 1,000 points and 500 assists for a career and ranked among the top 10 in seven Gaucho statistical categories. In 2005, she was inducted into the UC Santa Barbara Athletics Hall of Fame. Close also has a master’s in educational administration from UCLA.

It is essential that you RSVP 24 hours in advance using the link below, so our Membership Coordinator can send you the meeting information promptly. Please watch the training and read the documents on the BP ZOOM Resource Center, so you are prepared for the meeting. 

Bruin Professionals is currently fundraising for our second BP Scholarship. All proceeds from our special events, such as this one, will be allocated to helping a UCLA student in need.

Cost: Free for BP members, $10 for guests